The "Church" of Today
A good example of how Christianity has become greatly misrepresented is the "church". Most all Christians and all of the unredeemed think of church as a building where people gather for religious purposes and a message is presented by a person who heads up an organization of elders and others that perform the duties of the church. And, unfortunately, that is what it has degenerated to. There seems to be more of a defense of the system than of Christianity and too many see no differentiation . One author discusses this problem It's the System, Stupid!
That is upside down and backwards. The church is the people who gather for the purpose of mutual spiritual edification. While there may be a primary speaker, each Christian, has the opportunity to share and add to the spiritual edification of others, as the Spirit directs. The church has nothing essentially to do with the building or an organization. The Holy Spirit is its organizer, its leader, and through His gifts within each believer, edifies others in the body of Christ.
While the Holy Spirit may edify believers in a typical building/church, the nature, structure, traditions, and government of the building/church works against the Holy Spirit moving as freely as the wind John 3:8. If believers are edified by the gifts of one person (a pastor), imagine how much more all could be edified if the gifts of the Holy Spirit through each of the members. read more
A W Tozer wrote of this problem decades ago, THE OLD CROSS AND THE NEW and spotlighted how the church changed and much of what caused it. We see the "new cross" very frequently in churches today.
Indictments against today's "church"9/11 was an indictment against the American Church. After that attack left American's rushing to churches to find a truth and reality needed to provide answers and assurances, the quickly left because they found nothing there that provided answers.
The church of today looks nothing like the church that the apostles built. The structure, relationships, commitments, devotion, truth, and worship all have suffered transformation and devaluation. There are many "churches" who are trying to be biblical and trying to increase God's kingdom, but they are hampered by the very devices they use to get the "job" done. Paul Washer does a good job of pinpointing areas where we have fallen short.
10 Indictments against today's church
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